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Junior B Glens seek billet families, announce player signings

Would you have space to house a member of the Alexandria Glens junior ‘B’ hockey team for the 2020-21 season? If so, the team would like to hear from you, and you will be compensated for “opening up your home to our players.”

To express your interest or for further information, please contact the team’s general manager, Derick Viau, at info@alexandriaglens.com or via the Glens’ Facebook page.

As head coach Carl Robillard puts it, “Please support our community team and become an away-from-home family for these young athletes looking for an opportunity to develop and play the sport they love while working towards online school.”

On the player front, Viau recently announced two further signings.

Keyshawn Francis
Keyshawn Francis (submitted photos)

Gatineau’s Keyshawn Francis played with the LHPS École Mont-Bleu last season, notching 14 points in 21 games. The 18-year-old is a forward.

Another forward signed is Alexandre Saül. Hailing from Montreal, he skated for the USHS North Yarmouth Academy last winter. The 18-year-old checks in at 6 ft. 3 in., 190 lb. Last year, he scored 11 points in 33 games at the US prep school.

Looking ahead, the Glens have joined the Char-Lan Rebels in a golf tournament, set for September 12, in Lancaster.

The 2020-21 team camp is scheduled to run September 18-20, in Hawkesbury. “Attending a Main Camp is the first step in becoming a Glens player and competing in the EOJHL. Our coaching and scouting staff use these camps to evaluate new talent that will compete to join our team for the upcoming season and to build new relationships with future prospects.”

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Spink twins commit to German pro hockey season

The 27-year-old Spink twins, Tyson and Tylor, have committed to playing the 2020-21 professional hockey season in Germany, as members of the Schwenninger Wild Wings, of the DEL (German elite league).

Last season, the men skated in Finland with the Ässät team. The season was stopped in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Spinks travelled back to Glengarry, following its subsequent cancellation.

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The Spinks bid adieu to Finland at the end of the 2019-20 season. (submitted photo)

Tyson, a 5 ft. 10 in., 185 lb. forward, notched 35 points in 50 games with Ässät, while Tylor, a centreman, counted 32 points in 52 matches.

Previously they both played in Sweden for two years, and prior to that skated in the ECHL and AHL, following stellar NCAA careers at Colgate University.

Their new club, from Schwenningen am Neckar in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, has a storied history, founded in 1904, is an original member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). The Wild Wings play in the Helios Arena, which has a capacity of 6,193, and the club’s colours are blue and white.

Niklas Sundblad, head coach of the Wild Wings, got familiar with the Spinks when he was involved with their Swedish team, Örebro.

He describes the hockey twins as “well-educated guys who are passionate about what they do. As twins, they have a kind of natural chemistry that they also bring on the ice. Coupled with their speed, they are an important addition to our team.” (translated from the German original)

To read the full story about the Spinks joining the Wild Wings, please see this webpage (in German).

On the signing, Tylor is quoted as saying, “It’s always good when you come to a new place and meet familiar faces. We know what Sunny [Niklas Sundblad] expects from us, and he knows what to expect from us. We will have the same attitude again, work hard, but still go on the ice with a smile and try to improve ourselves and with it the team.”

Tyson tells me that he and his brother plan to travel to Germany in mid-September to join their new team.

In an abbreviated 2019-20 season, the Wild Wings had a record of 14-32-3-3 through 52 games.

The Spinks are sons of Kathy and Kenton, of South Glengarry.

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Junior B Char-Lan Rebels set camp start for Thursday, announce captain

The 2020 training camp for the Char-Lan Rebels of the EOJHL is scheduled to begin on September 10, on the ice at the Finch arena.

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Prospective players are invited to pre-register online here.

The team invites “All 16- to 20-year-old players … to come try out.”

The opening training camp session is slated for Thursday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Finch. Workout number two is booked for Cornwall’s multi-sport complex, on September 17 (6:30 to 8 p.m.). Training will continue three days later, also in Cornwall (1 to 2:30 p.m.), with two further sessions planned for the Rebels’ home rink in Williamstown, on September 22 and 26 (times to be confirmed).

Jeff Carter serves as the team’s head coach.

On the player front, the club announced that Joseph Samson has committed to returning for the upcoming season and will serve as Char-Lan captain. He led last year’s squad, scoring 26 goals and 31 assists.

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Photo collage highlighting Char-Lan Rebels captain Joseph Samson. (Rebels photos)

On Saturday (September 12) the Rebels are joining with county cousins the Alexandria Glens for a golf tournament to be held at Lancaster’s Heritage Golf Club. For details, please see this previous story.

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CCHL aims for October 1 return to play

The region’s junior ‘A’ hockey league is aiming to begin its 2020-21 season on October 1, pending approval of its return-to-play plan by local health authorities.

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In a media statement issued September 4, the commissioner of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Kevin Abrams, announced that his league, using the Hockey Eastern Ontario return-to-play plan as a guide, has been working with “four regional health units and ten municipalities through our twelve member teams” to formulate a path forward for hockey to resume.

The plan includes “modified play in pre-season” to begin October 1 for all teams, including the Hawkesbury Hawks and Cornwall Colts.

“In these uniquely challenging times, I must thank our member teams, the players and parents participating in the current programs, as well as the HEO RTP Task Team, the HEO Board and Staff, and the 4 local health units and facilities in the 10 municipalities that are home to the CCHL, for their support and patience as we work through these unprecedented times together.”

Kevin Abrams, commissioner of the CCHL

The 2019-20 CCHL season was abruptly halted in March, following instructions from Hockey Canada to suspend play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league had just begun its playoffs, which included the Hawks, the second-place team from the Yzerman Division. The Colts didn’t qualify for the post-season, ending the campaign fifth in the division.

In preparation for the hoped puck drop on a new season, teams are spending this month engaged in training, skills development, and evaluation. Upon approval of the CCHL plan for the pre-season, Abrams will “submit a similar proposal for the commencement of the CCHL regular season in the ensuing weeks.”

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Maxville’s senior hockey league team announces signings, golf tourney

It may be to off-season for hockey, but there is plenty teams must do off the ice to get ready for a new campaign. Case in point is the Maxville Mustangs of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) which has been signing players and preparing for its find-raising golf tournament.

On the signing front, the team recently announced the inking of Philippe Pelletier Leblanc and Dominik Blain Dupuis.

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Maxville Mustangs graphic

Pelletier Leblanc, a forward, hails from Gatineau. Last season, he skated with the Maniwaki Forestiers of the LHSAO, notching 39 points in 21 games. He’s noted as a “fast and skilful forward.” The 23-year-old’s hockey career includes stints in the QMJHL, U-Sports, and even overseas in France.

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Maxville Mustangs graphic

Another forward, Blain Dupuis also calls Gatineau home and was a member of the Forestiers for the 2019-20 campaign. His point total last year was 31 in 21 games played. Prior to his time in the LHSAO, the 22-year-old skated in the QMJHL (Halifax and Gatineau) and the QJAAAHL (Gatineau). He’s billed as “a quick player with a good vision.”

Golf tournament September 12 to support the fire department

On September 12, the Maxville Mustangs will hold a charity golf tournament, with half of the proceeds from the event going to the North Glengarry Fire Department – Station 3.

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Hockey Canada fall 2020 cancellations include international event slated for Cornwall

The World Junior A Hockey Challenge tournament was scheduled to be held in December but has now been cancelled as part of Hockey Canada’s suspension of events booked for fall 2020.

It would have been the 15th annual edition of the international hockey tournament that features tier 2 junior ‘A’ teams from hockey-dominant countries. Traditionally, Canada has two entries, and local players have featured on past squads.

The 2020 event had been scheduled for December 13-19 with games to be played at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

According to the Hockey Canada release, organizers will be looking to reschedule the event to December 2021.

Other cancelled tournaments are the national women’s under-18 championship, set for November in B.C., and the para hockey cup, booked for December in Nova Scotia.

From the announcement, “Hockey Canada’s priority remains the health and safety of all participants and the general public. We believe the decision to cancel these events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the [COVID-19] pandemic at the local level, as well as the international implications associated with these events.”

Here it the full press release:

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Media release from Hockey Canada regarding events cancelled for fall 2020.
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AAA hockey focuses on development, as league play remains on hold

It may be summer, but some hockey players returned to the ice this month, including members of the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ organization, which has been holding development sessions as league play remains uncertain.

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The major bantam ‘AAA’ Eastern Ontario Wild are holding on-ice training sessions, under the direction of head coach Carl Robillard (Yes, he is also head coach of the junior ‘B’ Alexandria Glens).

Under current Hockey Canada guidelines and health authority restrictions, Eastern Ontario’s ‘AAA’ hockey league is allowing clubs to conduct “conditioning and development sessions throughout August [to conclude] with an invitation to 17-22 players per age group to form a bubble starting in September.”

According to the plan for the Eastern Ontario Wild club, “This bubble will then continue development until such time as HEO (and other authorities having jurisdiction) allow five-on-five traditional programming. The range of 17-22 participants is based on the maximum allowable on-ice participants in the various facilities in HEO territory. The E.O. Wild does not have the capacity to develop more players per level due to facility restrictions and availability of ice in the region.”

The objective of the bubble program will be to focus on continued development of players this fall until such time as regular game play is permitted.

The Wild ices teams at the major bantam (now officially being called U15), minor bantam (U14), and major peewee (U13). Coaches, respectively, are Carl Robillard, Chris Martin, and Dave Byrne. The club draws players from Cornwall, Akwesasne, Glengarry, Prescott-Russell, Cumberland, and Russell.

Moving forward, the club aims to hold, once traditional programming is permitted to resume, “a coordinated tryout open to all players, including those not part of the player E.O. Wild bubbles, to create our rostered teams.”

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Junior B Glens, Rebels announce golf tournament for September

The county’s junior ‘B’ hockey clubs, traditional rivals on the ice, have joined forces for a golf tournament, to be held September 12, at Lancaster’s Heritage Golf Club.

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Glengarry junior ‘B’ hockey clubs announce a September golf tournament.

The ‘Battle of Glengarry’ on the links is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. through noon. Entry of $100 per player includes golf, use of a cart, and lunch. Registration is available online here.

The event is open to players, alumni, and supporters. I am told that organizers are aiming to field 13 foursomes, with scoring combined in some way to highlight the Glens-versus-Rebels friendly rivalry.

Char-Lan Rebels training camp

The 2020 Rebels training camp will be held in early September, with date/location yet to be confirmed. Head coach and general manager Jeff Carter invites prospective players aged 16 through 20 to contact him at jeff@owntheicehockey.com or 613-360-0711.

Alexandria Glens camp, announcer

Training camp for the Alexandria Glens is scheduled to be held in Alexandria, beginning Friday, September 18. Prospects for the 52nd annual edition of the Glens are asked to register online in advance.

In other team news, the Glens have announced the addition of a play-by-play commentator for the team’s home broadcasts via the Hockey TV platform. Liam Arkinson joins the organization in this capacity, having formerly served in this role with the Ottawa West Golden Knights.

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Glengarry Pipers continue preparation for inaugural senior A hockey season

The Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers haven’t let the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic stop preparations for an inaugural campaign in the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’), with player signings and on-ice workout sessions continuing through the summer, as the club looks forward to camp in September and competition to begin in October.

Today, the team announced a trade with Cornwall’s club, the Prowlers.

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The Glengarry Pipers acquired forward Kenny Neil from the Cornwall Prowlers in exchange for defenceman Layne Riley and a third-round pick in the 2021 EOSHL draft. (submitted photos)

Amongst other recent news, the team signed 6 ft. 4 in. forward Michael Zollo. The 34-year-old from LaSalle, Quebec, spent last season in la belle province’s senior league, the LHSAAAQ.

Last month, the Pipers, led by general manager Jamie Lavigne, signed Marc-Antoine Pilon, who is billed as a “smooth-skating defenceman who sees the ice well and can put up decent numbers.” Pilon is 28 and played last season with the Waterloo Maroons, which compete in a Montreal-area senior league.

Other earlier signings included forward Kalem Sigsworth, goaltender Brandon Billie, forward Luca Ciale (who formerly played for the junior ‘B’ Alexandria Glens), goaltender Alain Ravary (who last season backstopped the Maxville Millionaires), local forward Connor MacLeod, centreman Bruce Best (who local hockey followers may recall from his time with the Glens, Rebels, and Hawks), and Miguel Poissant (who is pegged as the team’s captain).

The team has also announced a number of familiar local names who are slated to be part of the Pipers for the 2020-21 season. Among them are Brad Gabbour, Kole Beaton, Liam Vipond, Austin Ladouceur, Erik Just, and Ryan Allen. Others on the roster include Ethan Scott, Neil Chabot, Mario Duquette, Julien Machabee, and Will Simpson.

The Prowlers’ first official act as a team was participation in the league’s expansion draft, which I wrote about in this post.

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2020 draft announcement by the Glengarry Pipers of the EOSHL.

That was followed by the EOSHL draft, where the Pipers picked Miguel Poissant, Jakob Brunette, and Kevin Howson.

In addition to the Glengarry Pipers, the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey league also features the Maxville Mustangs (formerly the Millionaires), the defending-champion Cornwall Prowlers, the West Carleton Rivermen (last season’s top regular-season team), the Deseronto Bulldogs, the Frontenac Phantoms (another new entrant), and the Smiths Falls Rideaus (also new for the 2020-21 season).

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No Glengarry Hockey School this year due to COVID-19

The Alexandria-based Glengarry Hockey School has enjoyed a long tradition of providing children with skills development at the start of each season. However, for 2020, there will be no hockey school taking place at the Glengarry Sports Palace due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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In a social media post, Luc Duval, whose family operates the school, stated, “The Glengarry Hockey School strongly believes that keeping our players, volunteers, and families safe is paramount, especially during these uncertain times with COVID-19. With this in mind and the current information we have about COVID-19, we have decided to cancel this year’s program.”

The post goes on to note that the 2021 edition is scheduled to begin on August 22.

The Glengarry Hockey School began in 1980 under the direction of Glengarry Sports Hall of Famer (2001) Gilles Joanette, with assistance from sons Yves and Pascal, as well as Brian MacDonald and Gaetan Giroux. Operation of the school was transferred from the Joanette family to Luc Duval a few years ago.

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